Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.2M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.2MSeptember 01, 2014 08:55 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in an estimated $22.18 million over the four-day frame to lead the box office for a second straight weekend. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel became the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a tremendous $280.48 million through 32 days of release and will continue to distance itself from the $259.77 million take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the four-day frame, Guardians of the Galaxy was up an impressive 29 percent over last weekend's three-day frame. The revised three-day estimate for Guardians of the Galaxy is $17.08 million.

While it didn't have the greatest hold this weekend by Labor Day weekend standards, Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still held steady in second place over the four-day frame with an estimated $15.7 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 6 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a 25-day take of $166.36 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $11.90 million.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with an estimated four-day take of $11.30 million. That represented a respectable 26 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.16 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $9.30 million.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with an estimated $10.32 million. The low-budget horror film opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. As Above/So Below performed similarly to 2011's Apollo 18, which debuted with a $10.71 million 4-day Labor Day weekend take. As Above/So Below received a lackluster C- rating on CinemaScore and will likely be front-loaded going forward due in part to its genre. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.6 million.

The November Man opened in sixth with an estimated four-day take of $10.2 million. There is a history of new films aimed at adults over-performing during Labor Day weekend, but Relativity's action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan opened in line with expectations. The six-day total for The November Man stands at $11.89 million. That places The November Man 19 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $7.88 million.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with an estimated four-day gross of $10.55 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 2 percent from last weekend. Let's Be Cops surpassed the $50 million mark this weekend and is now on the verge of reaching the $60 million mark with a 20-day take of $59.67 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.28 million.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with an estimated four-day take of $3.33 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,704 from 382 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the film stands at $2.66 million.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed an estimated $2.2 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster is $1.75 million.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 21 - Sun, Jun. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$82,000,000--4,004--$20,480$82,000,0001Disney
2World War Z$66,000,000--3,607--$18,298$66,000,0001Paramount
3Man of Steel$41,215,000-65%4,2070$9,797$210,005,9472Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$13,000,000-37%3,0550$4,255$57,791,5242Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$7,870,000-29%2,823-259$2,788$94,450,9764Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$4,730,000-51%2,417-958$1,957$228,417,4705Universal
7The Internship$3,425,000-52%1,916-1483$1,788$38,364,5053Fox
8The Purge$3,410,000-59%2,201-390$1,549$59,426,4453Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$3,000,000-52%1,565-766$1,917$216,610,9166Paramount
10Epic$1,730,000-72%1,994-1157$868$100,985,1255Fox
11After Earth$850,000-79%1,166-1266$729$57,292,2094Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$2,175,000-26%924-725$2,354$403,120,2228Disney
2The Bling Ring$2,000,000833%650645$3,077$2,341,2412A24
3Before Midnight$927,578-33%441-456$2,103$4,645,2215Sony Pictures Classics
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$762,350371%206183$3,701$1,234,9453Roadside Attractions
5The Hangover Part III$705,000-75%530-1371$1,330$110,001,4685Warner Bros.
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$572,000-66%362-813$1,580$141,570,1037Warner Bros.
7The Croods$485,000-15%324-44$1,497$183,547,62514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The East$348,00021%19580$1,785$1,190,9414Fox Searchlight
9Mud$312,650-42%213-192$1,468$20,207,9659Roadside Attractions
1042 (2013)$256,000-58%325-119$788$94,202,30611Warner Bros.
11Oz: The Great and Powerful$194,000-21%233-26$833$234,556,43116Disney
12Frances Ha$190,400-35%140-72$1,360$3,229,8866IFC Films
13Oblivion (2013)$133,000-27%201-57$662$89,018,05510Universal
14G.I. Joe: Retaliation$86,000-23%139-31$619$122,258,50113Paramount
15Scary Movie 5$71,000-18%134-7$530$31,661,68411Weinstein / Dimension
16Escape From Planet Earth$45,000-27%138-13$326$56,785,86419Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fill the Void$173,39892%4628$3,770$616,5375Sony Pictures Classics
2The Kings of Summer$124,000-20%652$1,908$754,6084CBS Films
3Love Is All You Need$66,312-34%44-28$1,507$1,290,1398Sony Pictures Classics
420 Feet from Stardom$64,68218%63$10,780$149,4092RADiUS-TWC
5Dirty Wars$47,500-2%195$2,500$205,8163IFC Films
6Kon-Tiki$45,000-41%53-17$849$1,300,9159Weinstein Company
7Stories We Tell$42,800-49%33-30$1,297$1,331,9457Roadside Attractions
8What Maisie Knew$29,063-45%33-18$881$955,0298Millenium Entertainment
9The Place Beyond the Pines$28,809-13%53-23$544$21,382,53013Focus
10Unfinished Song$27,692--2--$13,846$27,6921Weinstein Company
11The Attack$26,352--3--$8,784$26,3521Cohen Media Group
12SOMM$22,500--5--$4,500$99,3441IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
13Pain and Gain$22,000-41%50-20$440$49,331,4219Paramount
14Renoir$16,800-46%21-12$800$2,111,43713IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
15The Iceman$7,162-58%12-18$597$1,921,4088Millennium Entertainment